Editorial: Increasing alcohol consumption

Some legislators want to make it easier to get drunk in Oklahoma.

Authored in the House by Rep. Glen Mulready, R-Tulsa, Senate Joint Resolution 68, would loosen up the liquor laws and make it easier for people to drink and drive.

Now, you can buy cold beer with a 3.2-percent alcohol content in a convenience store or grocery. They can’t sell wine. If this resolution passes, you can buy cold beer with a 6-percent alcohol content and cold wine with a range of alcohol content from 7-23 percent.

Will this encourage drinking in cars? No, just the opposite.

Will this increase the possibility of drunk driving? Absolutely.

This is not an argument for prohibition. But if drinking alcohol is legal, society still must draw boundaries. Alcohol consumption needs some restrictions.

Having high-alcohol content beverages next to the soda fountain in convenience stores is a bad idea.

This resolution would also let liquor stores sell cold beer and wine. They can’t sell it now because the law was written to discourage people from walking into a liquor store, buying some refrigerated booze and drinking it in the car on the way home.

In the House, Mulready and Rep. Weldon Watson, D-Tulsa, voted for the resolution.

In the Senate, Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa; Sen. Kim David, R-Wagoner; Sen. Mike Mazzei, R-Tulsa; Sen. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa; and Sen. Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, all voted for to resolution to advance. Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, and Sen. Bill Brown, R-Broken Arrow, voted against SJR68.

If this clears the Legislature, it will go on the November ballot as an amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution. And you can rest assured it will pass.

Ice-cold booze in convenience stores and groceries won’t make Tulsa a better place.